Getting Fitter with the Nation

We all know about the need to get fit but sometimes it just needs a nudge to get moving.

Ireland Active launched Ireland’s third National Fitness Day yesterday in Dublin with Cork Camogie All Ireland winning captain and performance and wellness coach, Anna Geary, and Professional Rugby Player, Adam Byrne, leading the way.

National Fitness Day 2018 will take place on Thursday 27th September and will include the very first Docklands Fitfest as part of Dublin City Council’s Dublin Sportsfest.

Docklands Fitfest will offer everyone the chance to enjoy group fitness classes including Pound Fitness and HIIT among many other activities right in the heart of Grand Canal Square.

In addition, participating Ireland Active members across the country will open up their facilities on National Fitness Day.

People of all ages will have the chance to avail of free activities, and a range of taster sessions including yoga, aqua-aerobics, group exercise, Pilates, boxercise and fitness training.

National Fitness Day is spearheaded by Ireland Active and supported by Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland with its aim to promote the benefits of physical activity.

Ireland Active has also partnered with Fitbit for the first time this year with twenty Fitbit devices being given away as part of the initiative across the country.

This year, National Fitness Day and Docklands Fitfest will be a key part of the first Dublin Sportsfest organised by Dublin City Council and Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership.

Healthier population

“The goal of Healthy Ireland is to achieve a healthier population and I am therefore delighted to support National Fitness Day which encourages participation in sport and exercise,” said Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne.

“Every step we take, big or small, makes a real difference in improving our physical and mental health and wellbeing. People often feel that exercise is a chore and not something they can enjoy. National Fitness Day brings a renewed focus to a wide range of activities; there is something out there for everyone so let’s start today.”

“National Fitness Day will celebrate its third year running as part of the European Week of Sport and we’re delighted to roll out the initiative for the third time here in Ireland,” added Conn McCluskey, CEO of Ireland Active.

“We want to encourage a healthier, fitter and generally more active Ireland and so are encouraging everyone to get involved at their participating local leisure facility, gym, park, workplace or school on National Fitness Day, to try out a new sports or activities, and come down to Docklands FitFest to see how much fun getting active can be.”

“I am delighted to be a part of and support National Fitness Day for the third year running,” said Ambassador Anna Geary.

“Physical activity has always played a pivotal role in my life and I have seen first-hand the importance of regular exercise in supporting wellbeing, reducing stress and improving health. National Fitness Day is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the many facilities and activities available for people to get physically active across the country.”

“Growing the levels of participation in sport and physical activity is a key priority for Sport Ireland and National Fitness Day is an excellent way to encourage people across the country to get active and lead healthier lives,” concluded Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics at Sport Ireland.

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